Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

My Brother Simple


Year: 2017
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 113 minutes

My Brother Simple
My Brother Simple
My Brother Simple
My Brother Simple

German actors Frederick Lau and David Kross turn in incredible performances as brothers Ben and Barnabas in this touching road trip comedy-drama. When their mother dies, Ben (Lau) steals his brother away in search for their father who signed the younger Barnabas (Kross) away to a home for the mentally disabled. In his 20s, but with the mind of a child—hence his nickname Simple—Barnabas has the innocent charm and affability to make friends with nearly everyone. On their way to Hamburg to find their absent father, the brothers come across a cast of characters who are easily won over by Simple. The brothers hope their father can provide them with the independence for Ben to continue taking care of his brother. Heartwarming and heart-wrenching at the same time, MY BROTHER SIMPLE is a journey worth taking. (In German with subtitles) —T.W.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Friday, April 06, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 3:15 PM

World Tour

International Narrative Competition


Markus Goller

Markus Goller was born in 1969 in Munich, Germany. He began his career as an assistant editor in the Bavarian production house Filmhaus. In addition to film directing, Goller has worked as a freelance editor for films, music videos, and in advertising in German and American productions.

Mask Under Mask (2002), Friendship! (2010), Eine ganz heiße Nummer (2011), Frau Ella (2013), Alles ist Liebe (2014), MY BROTHER SIMPLE (2017)

Michael Lehmann, Guenter Russ

Dirk Ahner

Ueli Steiger

Tina Freitag

Principal Cast
David Kross, Frederick Lau, Emilia Schüle, Devid Striesow, Axel Stein

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